TACOMA, Wash. — A woman working at a Tacoma hotel shot a man who was chasing her and two other employees with a knife early late Tuesday night.
The Tacoma Police Department (TPD) responded shortly before midnight to the Quality Inn in the 8000 block of S. Hosmer Street for reports of a 45-year-old man with a knife who had been asked to leave the property.
When officers arrived, they learned that the man with the knife had started chasing two women and a man that worked at the hotel. At some point, one of the females shot the knife-wielding man.
It is my belief that some people staying at places not their homes and not in their neighborhoods, decide that the usual rules of cordial interaction and overall civility stop applying to them.
An employee who spoke to KING 5 on condition of anonymity said she thinks the suspect was drunk and that workers had had previous encounters with him. She said that she had never seen the man sober.
And I am going to blame this on management. I understand that coming out of the COVID economic debacle is hard and you need as much clientele coming to your location to spend money but allowing bad guests into your lodging facility is plain dumb. In the era of TripAdvisory and instant news with long archival memory, having your hotel tagged as a place where people get shot tends to be a kiss of death for good business. This drunk bastard should have been trespassed for good long before this and if he ever returned to the premises, call the cops and had his ass kicked out or plain arrested.
And you as a guest should never let your guard down. I have plenty cases where people have been attacked in their rooms or right outside because they are not paying attention. You do not control the points of access and exit in a hotel; you are just renting the air and furniture inside a big room.
Stay safe, trust no one.
Hat Tip Steve.